I got this pair of flip flops for my wedding almost three years ago. Yes, for my wedding. I knew that the five-inch heels I was wearing would not do for the whole day and reception and I would surely need to take them off to really dance my heart out. So I got this pair of flops to switch into when I got uncomfortable. They were perfect, and you couldn't see them under my dress anyway. I wore them the rest of that summer but then the next year decided I wasn't so into them. Then they sat. This year I decided instead of getting rid of them I should just replace the flowers with something I like more. And voila. This was super easy, because I used scraps I had left over from taking in this shirt.
I don't have great pictures, but here is a tutorial:
First, I cut off the flower petals as close to the bottom as possible. I was left with the little stem part that is attached to the flip flops. I didn't remove it because it didn't seem necessary but if you're handy enough you probably could.
Then I took my scraps and pinched them in the middle and held them up to the shoes to figure out how big I wanted the bows to be. When I figured that out I cut rectangles double the height that I wanted. Then I turned the fabric right-side in and sewed the sides together, ironed the seams flat, and turned them right-side-out again. Then I cut them to the length I wanted them to be on the sides after pinching the middle together again. It was kind of trial and error. If you are doing this just don't cut as much off as you think at first and then trim it down til it's just right. Better too much than too little!
Then I just folded the open sides in a little and hand sewed them shut. The little middle piece was basically just a mini version of the bigger bow part and then I hand sewed it shut around the bow!
This was so easy. The only thing that was hard was hand sewing everything but it only took about an hour to make both even with that.
Last I hot glued them onto the shoes and I was done. I'm quite happy with the result. Now I'm thinking I need to put more bows on more things...
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